Dr. Ben Carson, mentioned as possible GOP presidential candidate, isn’t a registered Republicanby George Bennett | March 19th, 2014
Dr. Ben Carson‘s conservative speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama on stage has led to suggestions from the right that he run for president in 2016.
With his appearances at conservative and Republican events (including last month’s Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner), it’s widely assumed that the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon would be a GOP candidate if he decides to run.
That would require a party switch. Carson — who moved to West Palm Beach and registered to vote in Palm Beach County last year — is registered to vote with the obscure Independence Party of Florida, according to the county elections office.
Carson was slated to speak at an Area Agency on Aging fundraiser in West Palm Beach on Thursday, but the event has been postponed until the fall, agency CEO Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald said.
Carson finished third in this month’s Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll with 9 percent — putting him ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other nationally known Republicans. A “Dr. Ben Carson for President” Facebook page has more than 74,000 followers.